LAB Policy Research Report: Climate Change and Bicycling

The League of American Bicyclists has published a Policy Research Report titled Climate Change and Bicycling: How bicycling advocates can help craft comprehensive Climate Action Plans. From the Executive Summary:

Climate Action Plans are strategic and comprehensive tools to combat climate change by reducing Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. They are being written and implemented by cities, states, and universities in lieu of aggressive federal action. Bicycling is a convenient, enjoyable, and efficient way to make short trips — 40 percent of all trips in the United States are two miles or less — and it does not emit CO2. As a result, policymakers are increasingly turning to promoting bicycling as a way to meet GHG reduction targets.

Bicycling advocates can help shape Climate Action Plans to include pro-bicycling policies. Using case studies and examples from existing plans, this report examines: 1. how pro-bicycling policies have been written into the Climate Action Plans of states, cities, and universities, 2. examples of plans that include bicycling, 3. how bicycling advocates can best support these efforts, and 4. how to ensure that governments follow through on the promises made in their plans.

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